The Winners: Seven won because it had more highly-watched programs than Ten. MasterChef can’t carry the network on its own, so Glee at 8.30pm did well by averaging 943,000. That helped Ten win the demos.

  1. MasterChef Australia (Ten) (7.30pm) — 1.519 million
  2. Australia’s Got Talent (Seven, 7.30 – 8.30 pm) — 1.457 million
  3. Seven News (6pm) — 1.318 million
  4. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.215 million
  5. Criminal Minds (Seven) (8.30pm) — 1.086 million
  6. Spicks and Specks (ABC) (8.30pm) — 1.078 million
  7. Home and Away (Seven) (7pm) — 1.069 million
  8. Nine News (6pm)– 1.069 million
  9. ABC News (7pm) — 1.039 million

The Losers: Nine, again, squelched for a second night in a row. Criminal Minds: marked in TV guides as fresh episode at 8.30pm, it was a repeat. Sneaky.

Detroit 1-8-7 on Seven for two hours from 9.30pm, just 360,000 viewers. Axe?

Nine’s BIG – Extreme Makeover at 9.30pm, 761,000. The program won the timeslot, but it is hideous. New Inventors, ABC 1, 8pm, 454,000.

News & CA: Nine News won Sydney and Brisbane. Seven won the rest, including more big wins in Adelaide and Perth, which must be embarrassing the Nine Network.

TT won all five metro markets, with ACA very much left behind.

Ten said its 90 minute news from 5pm won its 90 minute timeslot in all key demographics: 18-49, 16-39 and 25-54. That’s mainly because it easily won the 5pm to 6pm timeslot in the demos and all people where the bulk of its viewers were.

6.30 with George Negus was watched by 500,000 viewers (55% of ACA‘s audience). The 10.30pm repeat averaged 286,000.

  1. Seven News (6pm) — 1.318 million
  2. Today Tonight (Seven) (6.30pm) — 1.215 million
  3. Nine News (6pm)– 1.069 million
  4. ABC News (7pm) — 1.039 million
  5. A Current Affair (Nine) (6.30pm) — 893,000
  6. The 7pm Project (Ten) (7pm) — 844,000
  7. Ten News (5pm) — 675,000
  8. 7.30 (ABC) (7.30pm) — 606,000
  9. 6.30 with George Negus (Ten) (6.30pm) — 500,000
  10. 6.30 with George Negus (Ten) (10.30pm) — 284,000
  11. Lateline (ABC) (10.30pm) — 205,000
  12. SBS News (6.30pm) — 189,000
  13. Late News/Sports Tonight (Ten) (11pm) — 182,000
  14. SBS News (9.30pm) — 171,000
  15. Lateline Business (ABC) (11.05pm) — 102,000

In the morning:

  1. Sunrise (Seven) (7am) — 431,000
  2. Today (Nine) (7am) — 351,000

The Stats:

  • FTA: Seven (3 channels) won with a share of 30.1%, from Ten (3) on 24.4%, with Nine (3) third on 24.0%, the ABC (4) was on 17.3% and SBS (2) ended with 4.2%. Seven now leads the week with 28.6% from Nine on 26.2% and Ten on 25.7%.
  • Main Channel: Seven won with a share of 23.0%, from Ten on 19.2%, Nine was on 19.0%, ABC 1, 13.3% AND SBS ONE, 3.7%. Seven now leads the week with 21.6% from Ten on 21.5% and Nine on 20.4%.
  • Digital: 7TWO won with 3.6% with Eleven and 7mate tied with 3.5% each, Gem was on 2.6%, ABC 2 and GO ended with 2.5% each, ONE was on 1.6%, ABC 3, 0.9%, News 24, 0.7% and SBS TWO was on 0.5%. That’s a total FTA share last night of 21.9%. 7TWO leads the week with 3.6%, from 7mate on 3.4% and GO on 3.1%.
  • Pay TV: Seven (3 channels) won with a share of 25.2% from Ten (3) on 20.4%, Nine (3) was 20.1%, the ABC (4) was on 14.5%, pay TV (100 plus channels) was on 13.5% and SBS (2) ended with 3.5%. The 15 FTA channels had a total viewing share in prime time of 86.5%, with the 10 digitals on 18.3% and the five main channels with 68.2%.
  • Regional: Prime/7Qld (3 channels) won with a share of 33.6%. from WIN/NBN (3) on 26.2%, SC Ten (2), was on 20.4%, the ABC (4) was on 16.5% and SBS (2) ended with 3.3%. Prime/7Qld won the main channels with 25.1% from WIN/NBN on 21.7%. 7TWO won the digitals with 5.2%, with Eleven on 3.5% and 7mate on 3.2%. the 10 digital channels had a total share of FTA prime time viewing of 23.2%. Prime/7Qld lead the week with 30.3% from WIN/NBN on 27.5%.

Major Markets: Seven won from Ten and Nine in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. In Brisbane and Adelaide it was Seven from Nine and Ten. Eleven won Melbourne and Brisbane, 7mate was Sydney and Adelaide, 7TWO won Perth. Seven leads the week from Nine and Ten in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. In Perth its Seven from Ten and Nine and in Brisbane, Nine still leads from Seven and Ten.

(All shares on the basis of combined overnight 6pm to midnight All People)

Glenn Dyer’s comments: Seven, then Ten, with Nine third. Nine kicks off its comeback from Sunday night and has a few new programs starting. They have to work, but MasterChef is very strong, as is Australia’s Got Talent.

Including the regional audiences, Australia’s Got Talent (650,000) had a national audience of 2.107 million and MasterChef (495,000 in regional areas) had a national audience of 2.01 million.

So another impressive night. But MasterChef and Ten’s offerings are really popular in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Not as quite so in Adelaide, Perth and definitely not as watched in regional areas.

Whereas Australia’s Got Talent has more national appeal, which is a bit odd. The weakness in regional areas is also strange, given that everyone cooks. Perhaps Ten needs to inject more regional appeal.

TONIGHT: The AFL and NRL Footy Shows on Nine. Who will watch the NRL show?

Next week Nine starts a sports quiz/comedians program that loosely resembles the cast of the AFL Footy Show at 8.30pm. Hosted by Eddie McGuire and chasing male viewers, with all the female viewers off on Ten and Seven and giving them a bigger viewing share. Great pub TV (and no people meters).

Ten has The Good Wife which will get a boost from MasterChef as a lead in.

SBS has two hours of food repeats from 7.30pm.

Seven returns Airways at 7.30pm and then a fresh How I Met Your Mother before Grey’ Anatomy.

The ABC has The Real King’s Speech at 8.30pm which will be worth a look or at least record and watch later.

Source: OzTAM, TV Networks reports